|bird eating spiders||Bing and Google will begin displaying results from Twitter in search listings after both struck separate deals with the micro-blogging service.
Paul Yiu, head of search at Bing, announced the Microsoft search engine had reached an agreement to display real-time updates from Twitter users. He said:
"Twitter is producing millions of tweets every minute on every subject you can imagine. The power of those tweets as a form of data that can be surfaced in search is enormous."
Biz Stone, Twitter's co-founder, confirmed the deal in a blog post, stating that he hoped "more working relationships with organisations in the search business will mean even more variety for users". He said:
"Twitter is providing Bing access to the overwhelming deluge of public, real-time tweets rushing in from all around the world so they can help you find those that make the most sense right now. While Twitter currently presents tweets based simply on timeliness, Bing is experimenting with new solutions such as 'best match'."
A blog post by Marissa Mayer, vice president of search and user experience at Google, later revealed a similar deal had been struck.
"We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months."
|rss carpet awards||The fourth annual Manchester Blog awards took place this week. The ceremony, which was held at the newly reopened Band On The Wall, honoured the city's brightest blogging talent.
Hosted by influential blogger Kate Feld – of The Manchizzle fame – the show honoured six of the best blogs in the city. Parent-blogger Emily Morris claimed the top prize in the Best Personal Blog and Best Writing on a Blog award. Other winners included the photojournalistic Lost in Manchester and art-inspired entry Run Paint Run.
|with or without youtube||YouTube is to stream a concert by rock band U2 on Sunday. The gig, hosted at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California, will be broadcast live on the video-sharing website.
U2 manager Paul McGuiness said:
"Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 - this time U2 can go to them, globally."
UK residents desperate to see the concert can watch live at 3:30am.
|blog roll||Legendary industry blog Technorati released its annual State of the Blogosphere report this week. The document, which highlights current trends and patterns in online writing, is an educational read for anyone with an interest in personal blogging.
According to the report, the majority of bloggers are male and between 25-44 years old. They are educated – nearly 50 per cent have university degrees – and enjoy a moderate-to-good income. You can read more about the State Of The Blogosphere in Richard Frost's blog for theEword.